In 1938, Walter was sent to the Dachau concentration camp, along with his mother Karoline, his sister Helene and his younger brothers Franz and Ernst. Following this episode he joined the Unable to return home to war-torn Poland, he joined the Polish Resistance Movement and was evacuated to England. Bombers were overhead. My great-randad Ronnie Hicks worked in in the Plessy factory in East London, making parts for submarines and aircraft. Soon came attacks from German Stuka bombers. My two brothers and I were evacuated in 1940, to be away from the bombing. John Saunders was 28 years old. Role of Honor St Kew RoH 2. Also popular were the School Air Training Corps and Scout Troop. We ATC cadets flew daily and our job was to manually wind the undercarriage up and down. Awards. Meet Daniel and Matthew's Great-Grandfather and Grandfather. His bomber was tracked as it flew northwards from Lubeck – before crashing at ‘2224’ just east of Kiel. He went to Greece by submarine. War was declared just weeks before my 5th birthday. In 1939, he married my great grandmother Zulma Deblock. Bombs, blackout, gas masks, rationing, tough times but they taught us appreciation and resilience. It was a very happy day. instruction, but he worked almost without rest for 48 hours and dealt successfully with 16 enemy mines. My grandfather was taken to a concentration camp called Kamp Amersfoort. Honours 1944. He swept a channel for Gold Beach. In early May 1945 with the Russians approaching, the prisoners were marched out of the camp. Warm and sunny, and now quiet, after the turmoil of the Battle of Britain. When my grandfather was selected to go to Germany, he managed to fail the medical exam by faking a stomach ulcer so luckily, he was sent home. An extract from Luke and William Prisk's Great-Grandfather's autobiography - Leslie Short - contains an astonishing account of an incident that occurred while he and his family were living in Hounslow in 1944 involving an incendiary bomb, their grandfather Graham's cot and a very lucky escape! Our great-grandfather, Wladek Nakoneczny, or G-dad as we called him was born in Sidorow, Poland, in a time of great political upheaval after the First World War. After the war George emigrated to Canada, married a Canadian and they had two children. As I came out of my door, the lady opposite called over to say that, as she knew I was on my own, anytime the flying bombs were bad and I felt frightened, I was welcome to come over and share her Anderson shelter. Around 10 pm, I heard a noise upstairs and guessed we had had a bomb through the roof. He was killed two days before his 27th birthday when HMS Kelly was sunk in the Battle of Crete 23rd May 1941. George’s next posting was to the Middle East, then to Cyprus, Palestine and the Western Desert crossing into Libya in January 1942. What we didn’t know, was that he was a hero and had been awarded the ‘Krzyz Walecznych Medal’ (The Cross of Valour.) This was dangerous work, undertaken to try and break the industrial capacity and resolve of the Germans. Port The 24 August 1940 was like any other summer’s day. William Ronald Isaac. The fear in every one was tangible. My granny (now 98) was one of Winston’s Churchill’s secretaries in the War Rooms. Poppa’s story:  “I was only three when World War Two started and my father went away. They gave me napkins, a change of clothes for the baby, washing things. HMS Flags and bunting were hung from houses. German "human torpedo" which ran ashore at Anzio. The France & Germany Bar on the ribbon of the 39-45 Star is for service during the Normandy campaign and in the low countries taking supplies and ammunition to the allies as they advanced across Europe. (Not a BSO). He served at HMS President with the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve and was cited for making safe a mine that had fallen on Hungerford Bridge on 17 April 1941.[1]. My Grandmother’s journey took her through Russia, Kazakhstan, Zambia and on to England. One day, one cut out over our house. Then to Italy and Crete and was involved in fighting at Monte casino. On 12 June 1943, the rest of the crew were killed. Safely home, Edward next trained as a Navy Writer, was promoted and posted to a second Cruiser, HMS Sheffield, joining in March 1943. Middlesex, TW12 3HD. A copy of an article from the Berkhamsted newspaper depicts describes the following: “The Mother of Sergeant Arthur John Dooley (21), an RAF gunner, was shot in the leg and eye during a raid over Germany but carried on at his job, saving the lives of the crew, has received a letter from the Pilot.”, It went on to say “besides his own family, nobody will be distressed as we are about Jimmy’s bad luck, and I venture to write to tell you on behalf of the six of us who flew with him. After VE day, his unit was sent to Palestine, waiting to be sent to the Far East. My great-grandfather, George Frederick Wilson, joined the local T.A. George Brown joined the Royal Engineers (Sapper) as a boy soldier at the age of 14 and stayed in the army until he retired at the age of 61. In RAF Bomber Command, the death rate was 44% and nearly one in ten crewmen became prisoners of war (POWs). On one occasion he worked for two days almost without rest and dealt with School continued as normal. On 4 June 1944, (then) Lt White was Second-in-Command of 707 Flotilla LCP(L) – Landing Craft Personnel (Large) – on despatch duties off Portsmouth with the Assault craft of Force “S”. He was sent from a transit camp in Derna to a camp in Capua about 15 miles north of Naples. Our house was hit on at least one occasion. My mother and I huddled in the Morrison, table shelter. War had entered a new phase. MBE: In February, the Home Secretary dropped the prison sentences and most fines were never paid. The LCP(L)’s role was to carry FOOs (Forward Observaton Officers) to control firing by the tanks on the LCTs before launching and to guide the tanks onto the correct beach after they had launched from the LCTs. OBE: Citations. The LCP(L)s were towed (to save fuel) across the Channel to be in position by 0600 hours on 6th June. We elected to go to New Zealand. Our grandfather, Tom Scott was a very young child living on a farm in Hunton, Kent during the war and he remembered the sound of Doodlebugs flying over on their way to London. George joined General Alexander’s 1st Army in January 1943, as part of the US/UK Operation Torch. The ships travelled up the rivers and brought the prisoners out to hospitals and transport ships. The extended family worked in the fabric trade and his aunt and uncle were forced to sell their factory to Oskar Schindler who then used it to shelter Jews. I hadn't realised how intense the action was, with things happening almost daily. In 1943, I met Major Walter W. Chapman also stationed there with his R.E Regiment after service in India and the Middle east. In February 1944 she wrote to her parents asking their permission to marry my grandad on his next leave (as she was not yet 21, she could not do so without their blessing). Development. Gidden returned to civilian life at the war's end. I could look from my back door over towards London and see a red glow over the sky. This is a list of shore establishments (or "stone frigates") of the Royal Navy and Royal Naval Reserve. He was deeply traumatised by his experiences and struggled to comprehend how man could inflict such damage on his fellow man. Dymoke-Byrns volunteered for and successfully carried out this hazardous P/JX515269. His heroics and life achievements were recognised by the Polish Embassy in 2003. After training, he joined the Cruiser HMS Nigeria as it became Flagship in NW Approaches. officer to the Port of London Authority in time for the beginning of the 5th Battalion, Green Howards, in May 1939 and the battalion embarked for France on 19 January 1940. HMS - GM awarded for gallantry and undaunted devotion to duty. He worked as a secret British Special Operations Executive in a factory that made weapons and equipment supporting agents and cells of resistance throughout occupied Europe. He reached the rank of Major and was awarded the OBE and MBE after his service. Mother found rooms, which are still there, 115 Uxbridge Road in Hampton Hill. I am named after my great, great-uncle Alec Hamilton. The war was now taking a major turn with the German Air Force discarding a direct “air to air’’ offensive and turning to night time bombing. Meet Christopher Croisdale's OH (2004) Grandfather. We had only just got into the shelter when there was the whistle from descending bombs and three explosions. He was a famous carpenter living in Aberdeen, Scotland. Back in the UK, I was selected to be a flying instructor and as such I trained army NCOs and officers who were destined for the Glider pilot Regiment and also naval officers who were destined for the Fleet Air Arm. Diver - Participated in Operation Principal attack on Italian fleet in POW (Prisoners of War) War Memorials. Had we been living there at the time the shards of glass could have caused some serious injuries. The Germans came to the farm and it is likely that they were betrayed because the Germans went straight to their hiding place. P Q Chariot ton troop transport Viminale. On one flight, the pilot told us that one of the 25lb practice bombs had failed to release over the bombing range so he would try to make as smooth a landing as possible! Memories of Hampton School during the Second World War: I was too young to work in the fields. Neither of us had any idea what was going on. Here he was forced into extreme labour in appalling conditions – sub-zero temperatures, food riddled with maggots and surrounded by disease and death. He thanked them for saving his life and passed out. enemy mine Plymouth area Apr 43. GC: When hostilities ended in Naples, Edward was attached to the Commander in Chief Mediterranean based on HMS Byrsa. There was nothing there. As his plane was falling from the sky he watched as the other members of the crew were jumping out, pulling their parachutes, at which point the enemy were able see them and shoot them in the air as they fell. John Saunders in second right in the back row. awarded for great gallantry and undaunted devotion to duty. One of my best naval pupils flew Seafires in the Korean war and retired as Admiral of the Fleet! He won a scholarship to Brighton and Hove Grammar School, aged 11. He and two other senior officers at the camp were a part of a programme of re-educating senior Nazi officers in their charge. My great-uncle was an allied airman who participated in the strategic bombing of Germany during World War Two. Our good friends over the road built a big chicken coop which gave us lots of eggs, In 1941, I started school. Hampton School had a fascinating history during the War. imminent threat of artillery fire, well knowing that there was the gravest My grandmother (now 90-years-old) was 11-years-old during the Blitz and has very clear memories of that time. The Germans and Italians surrendered in Africa in May 1943. He returned to HMS President in London in 1945.